Kestrel (steam yacht)

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Name: Kestrel
Builder: George Lawley & Son
Launched: 1892
General characteristics
Length: 63 ft (19 m)
Propulsion: Steam
Kestrel (steam yacht) is located in New York
Kestrel (steam yacht)
Location Jefferson County, New York
Coordinates 44°20′47″N 75°55′37″W / 44.34639°N 75.92694°W / 44.34639; -75.92694Coordinates: 44°20′47″N 75°55′37″W / 44.34639°N 75.92694°W / 44.34639; -75.92694
Built 1892
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 77000873[1]
Added to NRHP August 12, 1977

Kestrel is located in the George C. Boldt Yacht House on the Saint Lawrence River in Jefferson County, New York. The vessel was built in 1892 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 12, 1977 when she was located in West New York, Hudson County, New Jersey, United States. Kestrel was donated to the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority which owns and operates Boldt Castle.[2]


Kestrel was designed by D. Crawford and built by George Lawley & Son at the South Boston shipyard in 1892.[3] In 1899, Kestrel was sold to Samuel Keyser of Baltimore, Maryland. In 1937, James A. Trowbridge of Norton, Connecticut[clarification needed] purchased Kestrel. An overhaul and replacement of parts was done in 1957. Robert P. Scripps of New York purchased the yacht in 1972. The American Maritime Academy on Staten Island purchased the yacht from Scripps. In 1988, the yacht was acquired at auction by John H. Luhrs of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Luhrs had the steam engine completely repaired. In 2009, Luhrs donated Kestrel to the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority.[3]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ "Boldt Castle". Retrieved 24 June 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Kestrel 1892 Steam Yacht". Boldt Castle. Retrieved 19 November 2011.